We exist to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted.
Our mission is to influence and enable change – from gathering evidence and informing policy, to motivating practical behaviour change in individuals and organisations through our programmes and brands.
We also make direct interventions to effect change, commonly in the form of finance, business support, technical advice, training and competence development or communications support.
Our Circular Economy programme aims to increase the resource efficiency of Scottish SMEs, further develop and strengthen Scotland's circular economy, and support community-based organisations to build on existing local resources.
Take the complexity out of exploring the circular economy. These free downloadable worksheets can help you determine circular opportunities for your own business.
Work through them in order (spend roughly 20
minutes on each worksheet) and you’ll end up
with a strong starting point for conversations
with the Circular Economy Accelerator.
At its core, a circular economy means that products
no longer have a life cycle with a beginning, middle
and end. If a product is truly circular it might never
have an end to its life, but continually take new
forms and remain of value.
Our circular economy experts help find new growth opportunities for small and medium sized businesses.
Business Support Service
Our circular economy Business Support Service delivers tailored, expert, one-to-one consultancy directly to small and medium sized businesses across all sectors in Scotland looking to develop circular business models.
Our circular economy Investment Fund is a £18 million funding opportunity for small and medium sized businesses and organisations who have already tested their circular model, and are looking for investment to further develop this to create a more circular economy.
Community is key to Scotland’s circular economy. Scotland is blazing a trail in our commitment to growing a circular economy – and Zero Waste Scotland is the lead organisation tasked with making it happen, supported by a collaborative network of stakeholders across sectors and industries and, most importantly, fully backed by the Scottish Government. Inclusive communities are the best breeding grounds for inventiveness and ingenuity – and this is exactly the environment we need to create in Scotland to fuel a circular economy.
Around 80% of a product’s environmental impact is dictated by its initial design.
That is why we are working with The Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce (RSA) with the aim of embedding circular economy thinking with designers and other product experts.
Choices made at the design stage also determine what materials are used and how easily they can be repaired or recycled. A core principle of the circular economy is about ensuring that waste is ‘designed out’ of how we live.